published Friday, February 15th, 2013

Steele joins Saban's staff

Alabama football coach Nick Saban on Thursday announced the hiring of Kevin Steele as director of player personnel and Kerry Stevenson as director of player development.

Steele, whose primary objective will be to direct recruiting efforts, was the defensive coordinator for Saban's first Crimson Tide team in 2007. He has been an assistant with Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida State, Clemson and the NFL's Carolina Panthers, and he was Baylor's head coach from 1999 to 2002.

"I've worked at some great schools through the years," Steele said, "and nobody does it better than Coach Saban when it comes to running a program top to bottom."

Stevenson's main focus will be off-the-field activities of the student-athletes. He comes to Alabama after spending the past 10 years as the head coach of Vigor High in Prichard, Ala. Two Tide redshirt sophomores, tailback Jalston Fowler and receiver Marvin Shinn, played for Stevenson at Vigor.

Contact David Paschall at or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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